Surf Racks

Surfboard Racks 101

If you’ve been surfing for a while, you’re probably aware that along the way you’ve somehow developed this weird desire to keep accumulating more and different surfboards. It’s a disease that cannot be cured.

It’s fun to surf a variety of boards – it allows you to get to know your own surfing better – ultimately making you a better surfer on the boards you really like.

But, it also comes with the questions of where am I going to put all these boards and how am I getting them to the beach?

Surfboard Storage Racks

Surfboard racks come in a variety of styles including:

  • Vertical free-standing racks.
  • Horizontal free-standing racks.
  • Wall-mounted racks.
  • Ceiling-hung racks.
  • Individual board stands.

What works for you really depends on the number of boards you have, the space in your house, and how much you want to spend.

A dedicated and proper space for your surfboards can help you avoid out-of-water damage that you’ll need to repair.

Check out our reviews of the best surfboard stands and wall racks.

However, building your own surfboard rack is pretty simple.

Build Your Own Surfboard Rack

The DIY route may be most ideal. For under $50, you can have a totally customized rack that will fit the boards and the space you need it to.

If you have little woodworking and tool experience, you can build a surf rack with just some 2x4s, a saw, a hammer, and nails.

2x4 Surf Rack
Extremely Precise Surfboard Rack Plans
  • Cut and nail two supports/legs for each side.
  • Connect them at the top to hold the boards
  • Connect them towards the middle for support.
  • You can add smaller pieces of 2×4 to make clean sections for each board.
  • Pad it with cork board, foam, or old neoprene for extra protection.

If you want to get a bit fancier, you can make a pretty sleek surfboard rack that doesn’t require any screws or nails out of a 4×8 sheet of ½” or ¾” Baltic Birch plywood.

What do you mean you have questions on how to build this?

This type of plywood surf rack fits together by making notches to fit the different pieces together.

You’ve just got to figure out the dimensions of your rack and the location of the notches. Cut the notches just a hair thinner than the plywood you’re working with – you can always make them a bit bigger.

See crude diagrams for examples.

Surfboard Car Racks

If you’ve got a longboard and a little car, you’re going to need to roof racks. Your main options are hard racks or soft racks.

Hard racks are fixed to the car more permanently and used to secure the board down.

Soft racks can be removed from the car and come in various sizes to fit different amounts of boards. They secure the board(s) with different types of ratchet/cinch clamps.

Hard racks tend to feel a bit more secure, as soft racks can flop a bit in the wind – make sure they’re tight!

DIY Surfboard Car Rack

If you’re feeling real extra DIY for whatever reason, you could make your own surfboard car racks if you wanted.

You’d need 4 sets of ratchet straps – they could be the ones that ratchet or simply clamp – and a pool noodle.

Cut the noodle in half, feed 2 sets of straps through each one. One set will attach the noodles to the roof of your car, the other is for your boards. Place your board on top of the noodle and tighten ‘er down – not too tight if you’ve got some heavy duty ratchets!

Bikes & Motorcycle Surfboard Racks

Bike and motorcycle surfboard racks are pretty sweet. If you’re close enough to the beach you get to avoid traffic and parking hassles.

There are a few different types you can find for sale – most of them are pretty similar.

Surfboard bike racks attach to either the seat post, frame tubes, or luggage racks depending on the bike and type of board you want to carry.

If you’re going to build your own surf rack for your bike or motorcycle – DON’T USE PVC. Use metal and pad it with foam.

Check out Deus Ex Machina and Island Motorcycles for some of the coolest motorcycle surf rack examples.

Check out our recommendations for the best surfboard racks for your bicycle or moped.

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